Wednesday, March 14, 2012


My life was turned upside the day we found out about Mason's special heart. It is something that has given us an accidental purpose in life... To trust God when we don't understand and to be apart of helping this community raise money, raise awareness, create hope and inspire change. 

Did you know that cardiovascular disease is the number 1 killer of ALL Americans? 
In fact someone dies from CVD every 38 seconds!
Heart disease also kills more women than all forms of cancer combined and congenital cardiovascular defects are the most common cause of infant death from birth defects. 

This year the Seattle Heart Walk is scheduled for October 20, 212. Save the date and join our team in fighting back!

Here is the link to our team's webpage:

The funds we raise in the Heart Walk will support projects like these: 
Putting up-to-the-minute research into doctors’ hands so they can better prevent and treat heart disease among patients.
Groundbreaking pediatric heart and stroke research. About 36,000 babies are born with heart defects each year —research is the key to saving babies’ lives 
Getting life-saving information to those who need it most – information that can save a life, like how to eat better, how to recognize the warning signs of heart attack, and how to talk to a doctor 

I hope you will join us this year in raising awareness by walking with us and giving what you can; every dollar makes a difference!

Kelsey Garka

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

WEED KILLER - Mason Friendly

Mason loves to help - in the kitchen, with cleaning and even out in the garden.
When it comes to gardening it becomes difficult because of the chemicals used in the weed killers - and it just isn't fair if I spray the weeds and he cant. (as said by Mason)

Well this spring that will change thanks to my new friend
Let me explain... I love this website and I not only "PIN" things to my beautiful boards but I also actually try out the DIY things that I pin... Today I found a cheap and kid friendly weed killer!!!

This weed killer will be the next thing that Mason and I test out together once the rain and snow stop falling.
I am excited today - He will be excited once I let him "shot" the weeds!

So here is the big reveal... this weed killer recipe consists of: WHITE VINEGAR!
That’s it!  Simply fill a spray bottle with white vinegar, and spray generously on all parts of the weed ~ leaves and root area.
The combination of the vinegar and sunshine (which we will hopefully have soon) will make those stinky weeds shrivel up!

I have been warned and so I warn you... This really works so be careful to spray on the weeds you want to kill, and keep away from your plants you want to live!

Couldn't leave without posting a picture of my little helper!
(Wearing his my Ugg boots which have become his fireman boots)

Kelsey Garka

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Our family of three...

The next time we post family photos we will be a family of four...
So I though that I should take the opportunity to post a few from our "growing" family of three...

- Kelsey Garka


Well we are less than a month away from welcoming our little girl into this world and as I transition out of working I find myself getting creative with thinking of ways I am going to now spend "all" my time, before baby and after...
I laugh at myself because when I am day dreaming about what I can do... I realize "all" my time will be given up to Greg, Mason, trying to take it easy (hopefully) and when she does arrive - her.

But a girl can still dream...

One thing that I need to make a priority is slightly changing my blog.
Mason has been the focus of our lives and this blog for the past 4 years... Although I still believe in using this site for people to visit to check on him, read about our story and see how big of a miracle he truly is, I also realize that it needs to be used to celebrate all our lives... As we transition from a family of three to a family of four the blog needs to change with us...
As a disclaimer this is a priority however being 9 months pregnant - it falls to the bottom of the list; so don't expect big changes immediately

Yes it is true, we still can not decide on what to name our baby girl - so we call her Baby G; this can stand for Baby Garka or Baby Girl - you decide which version you like.
This pregnancy has been much different than my last - it has been filled with less specialist and less attention. All positive things!
Of course we have had extra tests ran to ensure that she is heart healthy - No major problems or any problems for that matter detected. Greg and I talk about how different it will be taking home a baby that is only a few days old vs. when we took home Mason at 8 weeks old - post major open heart surgery. It will be surreal.

As of this moment Baby G is scheduled to make her appearance on March 30th.
However due to some recent complications caused by me tripping it looks like she might need to come earlier.
That "trip" I took earned me a visit to the hospital every two days to have myself and the baby monitored. I wont go into details - but here is some advice to pregnant women: If you fall call your doctor even if you don't think it is a big deal... I tripped on Sunday afternoon and had a doctors appointment scheduled for Monday at 8am thought it would be fine to just mention it at that time and save myself a call. I was wrong and my doctor was not happy. So don't make the same mistake as me - if you take a spill make a call.

Mason could not be more excited for his baby sister to make her appearance.
She is a daily topic of conversation and he likes to talk to her often. If you ask him what her name is... His response is always the same " Charlie".

Mason is doing amazing. His heart is strong and we feel so incredibly blessed with the outcome of his Fontan surgery.
Just last night as we were all three snuggled in bed (I was the weak parent who let him come in) Greg and I were talking about just how lucky we felt to have him here with us.
For as long as I live that feeling of gratitude will never leave. Mason with his strong 1/2 of a heart have given me an accidental purpose in life.

Kelsey Garka